December 2, 2023
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Kilkenny skeletons’ stories brought to life in stunning new exhibition

THE exhibition featuring the bodies of three people discovered during the excavation at Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum three years ago will be open to the public at the end of the month.

‘3 lives, 3 deaths, One life unlived’ tells the story of these three people, the lives they led and their cultural identity, and whether they viewed themselves as Irish, Anglo-Irish or Norman.

The skeletal remains of the two women and a child between the age of 11 and 14, have been reinterred in a unique burial structure in the Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny.

The remains, believed to be between 400 and 600 years old, were taken away for analysis following their discovery.

Scientific analysis has revealed some details about the lives of the three. One was a 45-year-old woman, which would have been a very old age at the time. The second remains are those of a young woman between the age of 17 and 19, while the third body is that of a child aged between 11 and 14.

The project received financial support from Fáilte Ireland and Kilkenny County Council and the exhibition was created in partnership with the design team behind the world-renowned Belfast Titanic project.

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